Hello! I'm new to this site and I wanted to introduce myself and kindly ask for some advice.
My name is Gianna and I'm 13. Several months ago I walked into a LFS. (Local Fish Store) I just wanted to pick up some fish food for my dad's 72 gallon saltwater aquarium and some flakes for my comet gold fish, Mr.Fish.
I just happened to walk past a shelf with some bettas and I stopped. Now, lemme get this straight. A certain fish has never caught my eye before, but this one black and blue betta stood out. He was gorgeous, (And later I figured out overpriced) and he reminded me of a girl I really liked. (I have no idea how...) So i bought him. I had not a single idea of how much I had just gotten myself into. The fish store manager told me all you had to do was keep him in a small bowl and feed him daily and clean his bowl weekly. Now, this was obviously false information. Because I was doing 100% water changes on his bowl every day. I was sure this wasn't good for him so I bought him one of those medium sized critter ceepers.
He was happy for a long time but one day I noticed his fins getting shorter. He sat at the bottom of his tank all day. So I bought a smaller critter ceeper as a hospital tank. I did lots of research and found he was much too cold. I set him on my bathroom counter next to a touch lamp I kept on. I gave him some fin rot medicine too. He started to look better after a while. After all this, I had decided that my comet goldfish was just too much work. I went to the LPS and returned him. And guess what? It happened again. I walked past the bettas.
There I met my second child. He was the last crowntail betta and he looked rather torn up and small. I bought him anyway, and named him Lelouch. (By the way my first bettas name is Knightmiir)
I took him home in a plastic 1/2 gallon tank with a divider. I never planned on using the divider until I found my third.
My third is a veiltail with a bluish-purple tint. Similiar to Knightmiir. I named him Banshee.
You probably think i'm crazy huh? Well I beg to differ, cuz this site is filled with people just like me I'm sure.
Just a few days ago, I took home my fourth. He's white with blue patches. His name is Paxton.
Anyway, I have Knightmiir (Blue/black veiltail), Banshee (blue/purple veiltail), Lelouch (Red/cream crowntail) and Paxton (White/blue veiltail).
So I have a veiltail in a 1/2 gallon, another in a small hospital tank, and two in a 1/2 gallon. I don't have much money, so whenever I do get some extra cash, it all goes straight to the kids. Knightmiir is still in his hospital tank and this is where I get to the advice part.
Knightmiir is special to me. He's the oldest of my kids. I don't know what's wrong with him. He still sits at the bottom of his tank and his fins are rather short. He still eats like a pig and moves around when I come close. His colors are dull now, and I did an hour's worth of reseach on his condition. I looked at all different kinds of diseases. But none of them match. I saw one article that caught my attention though. Old age. I've had him for around seven months now. Do you think this could be the problem? I'd greatly appreciate your feedback.
Oh and does anyone know of some good heaters out there that are affordable?